Friday, January 31, 2014

There would be no Me without You!

I am a person that truly believes that I would not exisist without the many people that bless my life. The love of a never ending, and forgiving God. The family and friends that love me unconditionally or conditionally.  Friends that share my life up and down, feel comfortable enough to put their feet up and do not mind my organized chaos.  The childrens laughter, the wag of a dogs tail, the purr of my cat as he stretches across my workspace. The stranger that opens the door, smiles or smirks as we walk by.

I know it sounds trite.. But I can go hours, days, weeks, months, even years without seeing my friends and somehow we fall into a comfortable place. We share our family stories, we share our funny unique stories and we have made mistakes that have made us grow together... Even if those mistakes pulled us apart. 

So I made a long list of some family, and friends that have helped shape me into ME.  
I am sending them this card:
I CASE'd this card from HERE.  Her Picture quality gives the card much more depth... I need to change how I take my pictures!

The card recipe is simple:
Whisper White Cardstock Base, layers of Basic Black and Basic Grey Cardstock.  I used the Ampersand Embossing Folder and Essentials Paper Piercing Mat on the Basic Grey Layer. I then used the You + Me stamp out of the Hip Notes Stamp Set. I inked the stamp up with a Basic Grey Marker. Ink the word You then stamp on a 1/2" strip of Whisper White Cardstock, clean the stamp with your Stampin' Scrub and ink up the Me.  I punched out a Small Heart from the Red Glimmer Paper.... Used my square punch to make banners. Then attached the words with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I used a Clear Envelope as I love the idea that the cards are gifts from Me to You!

Know that I am not myself without you in my life and that I appreciate all you have done for me!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy Birthday CASE

Here is a fun CASE using the NEW SALE-A-BRATION stamp set: Petal Parade.
We made versions of this at my Occasions Catty Open House and at Tammy's Party!

I was inspired to make this card by my dear friend Kathy Jo. While we were having a play date at Jeanne's a few weeks back she asked me why did she have so much Raspberry Ripple Paper and Ribbon?  I reminded her that she had earned the ribbon for FREE during a fall promotion a few years back.  Which prompted her to buy the cardstock.  So when I got home later that night I came across a card on Pinterest that inspired me to help her use that luscious color up for cards she could use daily. 

Supplies used for this card:
Whisper White Cardstock, Raspberry Ripple Cardstock, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Ribbon, Raspberry Ripple Stampin' Pad, Always Artichoke Stampin' Pad, Crumb Cake Stampin' Pad and Sassy Salutations Stamp Set.   I love the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set because it has so many sentiments that would work with this two-layer card.
Do you want to EARN Petal Parade for FREE???  If you order $50 in Stampin' Up product! 
Believe me its easy to acquire and its a fun set!
Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Make a Wish

I just adore the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum sheets found in the 2014 Stampin' Up Occasion's Catty!  Add it to some Strawberry Slush Cardstock with some Gold Baker's Twine & Strawberry Slush Ribbon and you have a very elegant birthday card. Let us not forget the Perfect Pennants Bundle (Perfect Pennants Stamp and Banner Framelits) nor the Gold Metallic Encore Ink pad!

A sample card from my Occasions Catalog Open House:
This idea was inspired by this original.
I love when I can CASE a card that is so simple and beautiful!
My favorite thing to do is travel around my favorite blogs and get ideas, inspiration and when I get the time... CASE. Enjoy!

Make a Wish, hope it comes true!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Good Tuesday Morning!
Wow... hours into the new SALE-A BRATION catalog and I am ecstatic!
So many adorable FREE items for every $50 you spend!
Bundle's made up just for SALE-A-BRATION... help you earn FREE stamps but also are AWESOME DEALS!
Host a Show... you could earn and extra $30 in FREE product on top of your Hostess Rewards.
Join my Team for $99 you pick $150 in product (any product)!
I am super excited to plan a party with you... so give me a call!

Weekly Deals 1/28-2/3 & NEW PRODUCT

It's a beautiful day!
(Well, my Bed, Bath and Beyond scent is...J.K.!)
Stampin' Up has made my day!
New product announced today and the weekly deals align with my wish list!
Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon 125583
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die 123113
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Labels Collection Framelits Dies 125598
Price: $26.95 $20.21

Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon 130011
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad 126982
Price: $5.95 $4.46
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad 126985
Price: $5.95 $4.46
Winter Wonders Kit - Digital Download 132567
Price: $9.95 $5.97

 Contact Me Today to Order YOUR:
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit:
Kit includes:
Cardstock for 20 cards
Clear Stamp Block
Stampin' Dimensionals
Twine & Clips
Basic Grey Stampin' Spot
20 Envelopes 
 Hip Hip Hooray Stamp Set
Full Color Instructional Brochure
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit

Texture Boutique Embossing Machine: $29.95  132657

The lightweight Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine works with the Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into a textured masterpiece.

Don’t forget to order the new Textured Impressions Embossing Folders in the occasions catalog so you’ll have everything you need to start creating with your
new machine. (See more Textured Impressions Embossing Folders in our annual catalog.)

Order any of the above items online and use the HOSTESS CODE: T46B94VJ

Sunday, January 26, 2014

January Open House

Checking out the projects:
Kathy Jo & Karen are checking out the samples. 

They chose which cards they wanted to make... There were 7 to choose from. My favorite part is watching the ladies pull out their wish lists and look through the catalog.  Just like me they have intentions to order one thing but are inspired to order another! 

Phyllis and I have been My Paper Pumpkin Pals for a while.  We save up our kits for special one on one days and make them together.  You too can join us.. there is a sign up bonus this month only FREE In Color Markers! I use markers on the card below.  Really easy to use and add color dimension!

Karen and Kathy know I will hold on to their orders until tomorrow morning so they can take advantage of Sale A Bration... so they boosted their orders to earn FREE stamps!

Here is one of the favorites of the day... not a very good photo.

I doubled up on this card and made it my January Swap card too. Super excited when I can pull double duty on a card I love. I CASE'd this card from HERE.

This card was made with the following supplies:
Always Artichoke Cardstock, Early Espresso Cardstock, Crumbcake Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock, the Starburst Bundle (Starburst Sayings Stamp Set, & the Starburst Framelits), the Hardwood Background Stamp, the Look Up Father Stamp, always Artichoke Stampin' n Write Marker, Early Esspresso Stampin' Write Marker, Circle Framelits, the Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Regal's Candy Dots, Burlap Ribbon (I used three threads to tie my knot), Early Espresso Stamp Pad, and the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set. 

  Sending out a huge thanks to the ladies for coming and stamping!

Very blessed to do what I love,

Friday, January 24, 2014

Freaky Friday...

So I have been MIA ...
  I have been playing with my stamp sets and piles of possibilities getting ready for my open house. 
  I begin by playing with a set... Then trying out different ideas on my piles is possibilities (formerly known as my scrap pile). 

Here is a card I made with a new stamp from the Occasions Catty!
Supplies used to make this card:
Smokey Slate Cardstock, White Vellum Cardstock, Crushed Curry Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Starburst Sayings Stamp Set, Starburst Framelits, Deco Label Framelits, Rhinestones, Smokey Slate Stamp Pad, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper, and Glue Dots.

Card made from leftovers from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack:

Supplies used to make this card:
Crumb Cake Cardstock, Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, Deco Labels Framelits. You're Lovely Stamp Set, Whisper White Button.

  While the color combination may not be what I end up using for my upcoming classes.. The journey is a fun one. All leftover cards end up in my donation box for the Dublin/San Ramon Women's club. 

  This past weekend the DSRWC held their annual Crab Feed! We exceeded our goal in fundraising and had a blast while working for our community!

 Thank you for all your generous donations! 

Here is my lovely family enjoying the crab while I was rocking the silent auction and dessert auction tables! 
My Kids: Matthew, Gabriella and Mackenzie.

My brother from another mother Tom & my sister from another mister Anita and my wonderful husband Matt!

I will be posting images of cards for the open house this Sunday... There are still spaces available!
RSVP today!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Deals: January 21 - January 27, 2014

Good Tuesday Morning!
  Stampin' Up has announced the line up for the Weekly Deals!
You may add these items to your order this Sunday
at the Spring Occasions themed Open House
or you can order online.
When ordering online be sure to use HOSTESS CODE E9XAXJB3!  
You may be the mystery hostess and earn $25 in Stampin' Up products for FREE! 
Here are this weeks SALE items:
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad 131172
Price: $5.95 $4.46

Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape 131269
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Extra-Large Oval Punch 119859
Price: $16.95 $12.71
Reasons I Heart You Swatchbook Template - Digital Download 129013
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Scallop Trim Border Punch 118402
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Shaker Frames 124155
Price: $4.95 $3.71

Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit 130034
Price: $28.95 $21.71
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons 127555
Price: $5.95 $4.46
Hope you enjoy this weeks deals!

Monday, January 20, 2014

We All Have a Dream...

 It started with a brave man named Martin Luther King Jr. 
He had a dream and desire for all people to be allowed to achieve their dream, live their dream and be treated equally.  He stood up for a generation of people and with a honest Christian heart, and stood for non-violence and opened hearts and minds everywhere for the rights of people.  
  His lifetime of activism is celebrated today for all his work and to remember a great man. 
Without his dream there would have been continued violence against people for the color of their skin, the religion that they profess, and for many other ugly reasons that people discriminate. 
 He opened our eyes to injustice, our hearts to loving our neighbor, and our ambitions to achieving our goals.
Thank You, Sir!

  A thank you goes out.. as it opened doors for women around the country to follow their dreams and have voices about their future.

Shelli... had a dream to turn a hobby into a family business. 
She continues to grow and expand allowing more women to take part and own their piece of their dream.
After 25 years, Stampin' Up has changed and grown, allowing many of us to have a nice job on the side, to inspire us to make a difference everyday, to create products we can use with ease and create our own master pieces, and to share what we love.
I too have a dream, to inspire, create and share with you, my family, my friends and the new ones I gather along the way.  I am able to do this because of brave men and women that stood up for my rights. 
  So today, while we have a day off let us not forget to dream for the better! 
Be kind, be generous, be honest, be good! 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I am a Seahawks Fan!

I really love it when I am challenged by a custom order.  Shirley is a friend that always buys my donation of 30 custom cards at our Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club Talent Auction. She wanted a few notecards for her daughter and son up in Washington... Loving the challenge I instantly found myself stumped... Surely, I could not create a Seahawks Symbol out of punches... Or could I?  I was not able to come up with a design yet... But decided to run with the 12th man theme that I am so proud of.  I love that the team puts the fans out there as a symbol of teamwork.

So here are my samples to show her:

My masculine sample:

My feminine sample:

Stampin' Up Supplies used to create these cards were:
Night of Navy Card Stock, Gumball Green Card Stock, Smokey Slate Card Stock, Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon, Smokey Slate Chevron Ribbon, Smokey State button, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Typeset Alphabet Bigz, & Arrows Textured Embossing Folder.

Good Luck to my team on Sunday... Especially, since this Bay Area girl is surrounded by 49'er fans! May the best team win...and may you find time to stamp on this glorious Friday!


Jeanne's Play Date

This past Sunday I traveled out to Manteca with Karhy Jo & Karen to spend the day stamping with Jeanne.  Here are Jeanne's creations:

Her Valentine:
Her Easter Card:
A sweet birthday card for a great granddaughter:
An adorable birthday card for a nephew:
Thinking of you:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Weekly Deals 1/14-1/19 & Cary's Bi-Weekly Stampin' Up-dates!

Good Tuesday Morning!
  I woke up early from a good nights rest and thought... "What special deal's does my favorite company have for me today?".
   Boy oh Boy! Here are the items on sale this week:
Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 130916
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon 130010
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad 126983
Price: $5.95 $4.46
Chalk Talk Framelits Dies 129983
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die 121809
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Neutrals Core'dinations 129956
Price: $23.95 $17.96
Note Card Envelopes 131528
Price: $5.50 $4.13

Storytime Ensemble - Digital Download 127195
Price: $19.95 $11.97

Take advantage of the above deals and use HOSTESS CODE:E9XAXJB3!

I am super excited about a few opportunities that Stampin' Up has to offer. 

  First, is the new Spring Occasions Catalog... If you have not received one let me know so that I can get one to you!
CUTE stamp sets, adorable projects to CASE and some great bundle deals!
  Second, have you been thinking about trying out My Paper Pumpkin?  My Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit club, it costs $19.95... And you can opt out at anytime.  Are you curious what it is all about?  Each month a box arrives with all the supplies to complete the project (stamp pad, stamps, paper and embellishments) minus adhesive... And boy are they adorable! 
**Sign up today and you will receive a free set of markers with your order.  Have questions about My Paper Pumpkin?  Call me ... I love my monthly kit ... My January kit is on its way right now.. and you can get a peek at it over on my blog!

  Third, if you are on my team, or thinking about joining my team... Stampin' Up is offering FREE registration to convention for anyone that signed up from July 2013 to the end of registration!  What a treat... so if you want to go for FREE lets talk... you can still join me as a customer... It costs a little and we all share room, food, gas and motivation!

I still have room in my afternoon session for my open house... Such cute ideas to share! Stop by and check out my blog... I try to post as often as I can.. but your comments and help would be appreciated!

Open House/Spring Occasions Catalog (Sale-A-Bration) PartyJanuary 26th, 2014.  2 sessions (1-3pm) & (4-6pm).
Location: My home
RSVP by January 20th to reserve your spot and RSVP gift.Fee: FREE
Stop by and preview the new catalog, make a few projects and earn some free goodies! 
RSVP by January 20th to reserve your spot & RSVP gift. 
Bring a friend and receive another gift. 
Book a BUNCO, Party or class for 2014... on this special day and earn another gift.  


Tammy's Card Buffet: (Manteca)
January 27th, 2014 , 6:30-8:30pm
Fee: $2/card
~ I will serve you a buffet of various styles and flavors of cards/projects and you select the ones you would like to make.~
RSVP by the 25th so I can email you the location, make your RSVP gift and set your place at Tammy's table!
 ***Cannot make the open house but would like to purchase some products and earn Sale-A Bration gifts?
Order online using Hostess Code:E9XAXJB3. ***
Check out my online store:
or my blog:  for more deals!
Cary Farruggia
Mackenzie, Gabriella, & Matthew's Mommy and Daddy!
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